Monday, January 15, 2018

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If you're new to the blog, you may not know that I risked it all to follow my dreams just a few short months ago. Today, I'm going to share with you a little bit about what that experience looked like, and how one moment of yes changed my life.

A few short months ago, I was in an extremely deep depression. My anxiety was worse than it had ever been. I mean panic attacks at night, because I dreaded going to my job. My job wasn't the worst job in the world, I was a retail manager and makeup artist for heaven's sake. It should have been a dream, but when you have a boss that was jealous of your success and cheated the work system so she could get paid to do nothing for hours on end, you could imagine how my work life must have been. I ended up picking up her slack, and in turn, I turned the store around, bringing my store to number three in the entire company. I was on cloud nine until she was around. Honestly, just being around her caused my chest to get tight, and I felt like I couldn't breathe.

I wasn't growing within the company, because I wasn't learning anything, and I just felt like my life was falling apart right in front of me. I knew that I had to get out of there, but I hadn't been able to find another replacement job for almost a year. I had several interviews that were so close to an offer, but then things would fall through, it didn't feel right, and I would end up stuck where I was.

I had thoughts about quitting, but without a job, what in the world was I going to do for money? How was I going to pay my rent, heck how was I supposed to pay for groceries without a paycheck?! I kept talking through things with my mentor and my husband, (who was still my boyfriend at the time!) and had come to the conclusion that no matter what, I was going to have a place to sleep and food to eat with their support. Those honestly were the only things that I worried about. I still remember my mentor saying to me, "What's the worst thing that could happen? You quit, have no money, and you move in with me!" I couldn't help but laugh in that moment, because it was so simple. I had the support, why wasn't I taking that leap?!

I took a week to think over my life-changing decision and I knew what I had to do. At the beginning of that week, I had tried to call my district manager to chat with her on my decision and see if she could move me to another store or deal with the issues on hand. A week passed by and there was no call back from her, and I knew it was a sign that I wasn't supposed to be there anymore. That moment was God shutting a door hard right then and there. After that week, I typed up my letter of resignation with a mix of regret and a new found excitement for life.

This is when my moment of yes comes into play. In making the decision to quit my job without having another, I was allowing myself to say yes to my dreams, my passions, and yes to embracing my creativity. My moment of yes was to become a full-time blogger. I have been blogging since college for fun, but a part of me had always wondered if I could make a career out of it. I wanted to be my own boss and so I went for it. That yes to full-time blogging changed my life.

It brought on hardships, and I mean tons, but it also brought out the best, and yes, sometimes the worst in me. Being your own boss is one of the scariest things ever. You never know if you're going to get a paycheck, you never know if you'll have enough money to pay the bills, but saying yes to following your dreams is worth it all. I risked comfort for the thrill of adventure that brought me so much joy, and it continues to bring me so much happiness. Saying yes to full-time blogging made me work harder, dream bigger, and simply love my life again. 

Just a few weeks after I quit my job, Chris and I got engaged, and just eight weeks after that, we were married. Life just seemed to fall into place after I said yes to following my dreams. Honestly, my life started feeling like a dream. Now, bringing it back to reality, life still gets hard. There are times that I want to give up on blogging, because it's hard! But, I know that with the support I have, they won't let that happen, because I am right where I need to be.

In this new year, I will continue to say yes to building my dream and business from the ground up. I will say yes to enduring the hardships so that I may reap the rewards of my hard work. Success definitely doesn't come overnight, but it will be something that I strive towards each and every day this year and every year after that.

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Always remember, one simple yes can change a life. It changed mine. What yes is going to change yours for the better? What dreams are you holding out on because you're scared of that initial, yes?! What dreams will you strive to make happen this year? 

A new year means that there are endless possibilities for your dreams to come true. Dream Big. Work Hard. Make your dreams happen.

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